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Biodiversity Strategy 2019

Cumberland's vision is a clean and green environment for current and future generations to enjoy by protecting and enhancing Cumberland Council's natural areas and green infrastructure.

What is biodiversity and why is it important?

Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is the variety of life forms in all terrestrial (land) and aquatic (water) environments on Earth.

There are three levels of biodiversity:

  • Genetic diversity
  • Species diversity
  • Ecosystem diversity

Biodiversity supports ecosystem services that are essential for human survival. Ecosystem services include clean air and water, pollination and temperature control.

Biodiversity challenges in Cumberland

Ongoing threats and challenges to biodiversity in the Cumberland LGA are typical of urban areas and include:

  • Habitat loss and degradation
  • Fragmentation
  • Vegetation clearing
  • Light pollution
  • Spread of weeds
  • Pest and feral animals

How are we helping biodiversity?

Council will work with the community to accomplish the vision of a clean and green environment for current and future generations to enjoy by protecting and enhancing Cumberland Council’s natural areas and green infrastructure. Actions to be implemented by Council address objectives for three key focus areas:

  • Key Focus Area 1: Community Awareness, engagement and action
  • Key Focus Area 2: Habitat connectivity and condition
  • Key Focus Area 3: Planning and innovation

Biodiversity Strategy

Further information

For further information contact Council on 8757 9000.